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Meet Joe Bowers (Luke Wilson). He's not the sharpest tool in the shed. But when a government hibernation experiment goes awry, Bowers awakens in the year 2505 to find a society so dumbed-down by mass commercialism and mindless TV programming that he's become the smartest guy on the planet. Now it's up to an average Joe to get human evolution back on track.
Given that Office Space is a bona fide cult classic, it comes as some surprise that Mike Judge's follow-up wasn't more heavily promoted. Granted, this live-action comedy is a darker, more pointed proposition, but it's unfortunate that few theater patrons got the opportunity to, well, judge for themselves. In Idiocracy, the King of the Hill creator visualizes what would happen if Devo's proposition--that mankind is in the process of devolution--came to pass. The catalyst: the overeducated start having fewer children while the undereducated have more. Enter Joe (Luke Wilson), a military librarian with no family and even less ambition. The Pentagon chooses him for a top-secret hibernation project due to his extreme "average-ness." They select Rita (SNL's Maya Rudolph), a prostitute, for the same reason. When the experiment goes haywire, the two emerge 500 years later--rather than one. Now it's 2505 and they're the brightest people in the over-polluted land. Everyone else is, basically, Beavis and Butt-head. Yes, the satire couldn't be less subtle, but the premise gives Judge license to make as much fun of junk food pop culture as dystopian classics like 1984 and Planet of the Apes. Wilson wisely plays it straight, even if the actors who surround him sometimes succumb to excess. And the effects may be cheesy, but that just adds to the fun. Idiocracy features former footballer Terry Crews (Everybody Hates Chris) as President Camacho and Dax Shepard (Punk'd) as Joe's futuristic friend Frito. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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This movie is about two people who are being used by the government as experiments with how freezing humans for the future may go. One woman is a prostitute being loaned to the government by her pimp as a way to get out of serving time, and the other is a basic, run of the mill, average Joe (as the movie says, absolutely average in every category of measurement).
Once these two are frozen, the program gets shut down and completely forgotten about (since the experiment was super highly classified and top secret). The freeze pods they are in get lost, and are not rediscovered until a landslide 500 years into the future. By then, idiocy has taken the place of any sort of human intelligence. Everything has been commercialized and made into quick, drive through everything, and the current form of gatorade basically owns the world (because IT HAS ELECTROLYTES!).
Anyway, utter chaos ensues, and the guy must save hiimself by saving the human race before the president kills him (the president is played by Terry Crews, who always brings wonder to every part he plays).
I would highly recommend this movie. As a recent article I read about it states "It's the best movie you've never seen" because Fox found out how true it could be and basically wiped if from ever having hope of being widely circulated.
The movie has sort of a Napoleon dynamite type drag in that nothing is truly an antagonist. There is no sort of villain character to really root against. Still, while that means it probably won't make quite the cult hit something like office space, from the same creator, has done, it's still quite an enjoyable little movie.
Considering the price of a digital rental versus the price of a DVD now. Put it in your cart and just get it the next time you have enough items to order for free shipping.